Police Perceptions of Supervised Consumption Sites (SCSs): A Qualitative StudyTara Marie Watson, Ahmed Bayoumi, Gillian Kolla, Rebecca Penn, Benedikt Fischer, Janine Luce, Carol Strike (2012)
Police are key stakeholders in cities considering supervised consumption site (SCS) implementation. We examine police perceptions of SCSs using data collected between 2008 and 2010. Data from interviews and focus groups conducted with police officers of varied ranks (n = 18) in Ottawa and Toronto, Canada, were analyzed using thematic analyses. Participants opposed SCS implementation in their respective cities. The police views we heard invoke values and perspectives on evidence that differ from those used in research. Whether these divergent frameworks are reconcilable is a question for future research. Study limitations are noted. The Ontario HIV Treatment Network funded the study.